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Very interesting information. I have an LCP but I lately I carry it only when absolutely nothing else is concealable. I've been carrying my larger more accurate firearms for the reasons listed in this article.

American Rifleman | Keefe Report: What's In Your Holster?

Estimates indicate nearly 13 million Americans have concealed-carry permits. Why each of those armed citizens chose to go through whatever process was necessary in their jurisdictions was a personal decision, but one that reflects making up their minds to be responsible for their own personal safety. In light of terrorist attacks at home and around the world, more and more Americans are choosing to arm themselves—note the record number of NICS checks on “Black Friday” this year. .
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The explosion in popularity of small, light, thin concealable .380 ACP pistols—guns in the Ruger LCP class—indicates that many armed citizens were concerned principally with a close encounter with a criminal attacker. Such guns can be fired at arm’s length, obviously, but they are not intended for the 50-yard X-ring at Camp Perry. Generally, they are suited to engaging a threat at close-quarters-battle distances.

But recent attacks by homicidal maniacs have changed the psychology of why many citizens choose to arm themselves for their personal safety. No longer is it simply a matter of your money or your life. .
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Defending oneself from a thug who wants your wallet at the ATM is a different matter altogether defending yourself from an attack from a mass murderer, whether motivated by a deranged mind or flawed, perverted interpretation of faith. Simply put, that pocket .380 may not be enough gun. That is why we are seeing increased interest in slightly larger 9 mm or .45 ACP pistols with better triggers, better sights and, sometimes, slightly more sight radius amongst firearm buyers.

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A gun with sufficient power to stop a threat and with sights and a trigger good enough to accurately place rounds on target across a courtyard or room is requisite. With possible engagement distances opening up and the potential need to stop multiple attackers, what's in your holster?

Am I alone in this shift to the larger firearms?

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No you are not. I carry a 357 LCR and in mild weather an LCP but recently I've been shopping for something still compact but with larger capacity.
 

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how about hi quality 380 with good trigger/sites ,,,,capable of accuracy to 25 yards...and more likely to carry it then leaving it at home....
 

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my smallest concealed carry piece..is a Browning HP....most of the time it serves as the bug......my S&W 686 is my primary.....if it comes to protecting my life and those near me....I trust more to what I shoot the most...with the higher performance.....than something that has lived in a pocket ..rarely shot...
 

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Definitely correct, I stooped carrying a small gun many years ago and switched to a full size 1911, yes it's heavy and yes it's big, I know the gun and it knows me.

A while ago my aging shoulder insisted that I get a little small, little lighter pistol without sacrificing fire powder.

I did extensive research like I always do and picked up a SIG P320 Compact
in 45 acp Lighter smaller but not a Mouse gun by any means, 10 rounds of 45 ACP
with two extra mags. It's a striker fired pistol with the best trigger I have used in striker fire pistols.

The sights are great, and the accuracy is excellent.

Check out this link

accuracy : The rest of the story - SIG Talk
 

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Larger, higher capacity, longer sight radius, yes I've started practicing more with those. Thinking of getting a Kel Tec PLR-16 for terrorists with body armor. I wonder if there's an IWB holster for those. :D
 

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I get the feeling that what's going on here is an increased awareness of what gun fights are all about. from the news we've been seeing in the past few years it seems like when cops shoot somebody they empty a high capacity pistol and maybe reload. makes me wonder if my j-frame is a little obsolete, what's 5 shots up against 3 or 4 bad guys with stolen Glocks? I'm presently carrying an LC9s, w/9 round mag and a KT P-32 as a bug.
very tempting to take another look at a SR-9c, w/17 round mag.
suppressive or cover fire takes a lot of ammo.
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I really have no desire to concealed carry anything lighter than 25 oz and chambered for less than 9x19. My current carry options are: an SP101 loaded with .357 Bonded Golden Sabers and a few speed loaders, a lightweight 1911 loaded with 8+1 .45 HSTs and a 10 rnd spare mag, or 28 rounds of 9mm Golden Sabers in my Sig P250 and its spare mag.

That said, I'm struggling to find a way to carry while kilted. The guys I know that do all recommend a smaller gun like an LCP. I'm getting an Urban Carry deep concealment holster for Christmas (Santa has a big mouth) that I'm hoping will let me keep my larger guns on me even when I'm in full Highlands kit.
 

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I can comfortably carry everything from my Kahr CT380 to my Ruger P89. I've found that the weather and my wardrobe determine what I will carry.
 

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That said, I'm struggling to find a way to carry while kilted. The guys I know that do all recommend a smaller gun like an LCP. I'm getting an Urban Carry deep concealment holster for Christmas (Santa has a big mouth) that I'm hoping will let me keep my larger guns on me even when I'm in full Highlands kit.[/QUOTE]

you ought to be able to hide an HK Mk23 in the right sized "sporran".
sporran carry, could be a whole new thing?
 

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my full-size .45 1911 has been my EDC ever since i had a CCP and i carry it in my ipad bag with shoulder straps...

it has a 10-rd magazine and the bag also accomodates 3 extra 8rd magazines...

i have a perfected a quick draw method with the top zipper open but hope i never have to use it in an actual situation..

with so many people carrying ipads nowadays it really doesn't attract any attention..
 

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While I respect everyone's right to carry what they deem appropriate for them, I've never personally been comfortable with mouse guns and accordingly have always carried "larger" firearms (.45acp & 9mm) and dressed around them. I started with my P95 as my EDC in '04, followed by my P345 in '06 and my Springfield 1911 Micro-compact (.45 acp) in 2008. The smallest gun that has ever resided on my hip is my 9mm CZ 2075 RAMI which is similar in size (though lighter) then my Springer.

 

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Me thinks it difficult to impossible to get a good trigger on a striker fired pistol. Even the LCP, though not striker fired has not a good trigger. Am thinking that hammer fired guns have the best opportunity for a good trigger.
 

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Agreed. In my carry I prefer full sized 9mms or 45s both fired by a hammer. Easy to carry cocked and locked with those. The 9mm wins out for capacity while the .45 wins out for historically recording the most one shot kills. My wife will carry nothing smaller than her 1911 Govt .45.
 

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I have been carrying full size guns since the early 1960s. My routine carry is a 5" government model 1911 in either .45 ACP or 10mm with a spare magazine plus a Sig P938 9mm pocket BUG with a spare magazine. I carry from the time I get dressed until I go to bed and they go on the nightstand.
 
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